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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Greek Mythology Relating to or suggestive of Prometheus.
  • adj. Boldly creative; defiantly original.
  • n. One who is boldy creative or defiantly original in behavior or actions.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of or pertaining to Prometheus.
  • adj. Daringly original; boldly inventive or creative.
  • adj. Of enormous size or strength; extraordinarily strong.
  • adj. Rebelling (or being a rebel) against a larger order; defying traditional moral categories; persecuted but dauntless.
  • n. one who acts in a Promethean manner

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to Prometheus. See Prometheus.
  • adj. Having a life-giving quality; inspiring.
  • n. An apparatus for automatic ignition.
  • n. A kind of lucifer match.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of, pertaining to, or resembling Prometheus in Greek mythology, who showed men various arts, including the use of fire, and by the will of Zeus was chained to a rock and tortured by a vulture.
  • [lowercase] In entomology, of or pertaining to the prometheus; being or known as the prometheus: as, a promethean silkworm.
  • n. A small glass tube containing sulphuric acid, and surrounded by an inflammable mixture which it ignited on being pressed: formerly used for affording a ready light.

Etymologies

From Prometheus a Greek demigod and the son of the Titan Iapetus. Prometheus created man from clay and gifted him with fire, for which he was punished by Zeus who chained Prometheus to a rock in the Caucasus where a vulture came and daily fed on his liver. Prometheus means "forethought" in Greek, from pro- "before" + mathein "to learn." (Wiktionary)

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